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Tooth Defenders

The goal of this short film is to teach kids good brushing habits through fun songs and lessons courtesy of Dr. Rabbit and Dr. Brushwell against evil Plaqulus.

For this project I worked with CarrotNewYork, the animators at FlickerLab, and Executive Producer Justin Matley. Recording was done at BAR1 Studios with Tim Leitner, who helped me produce and mix the songs. I really loved working with the voice actor who played Plaqulus. He completely transformed himself in studio and was so dramatic, funny and amazing—we nailed it in three takes!

Tooth Defenders was initially challenging because I had only a script, and I’m very visual when it comes to composing. Luckily FlickerLab had rough sketches drawn up for some primary scenes and that’s when I channeled my childhood cartoon heroes for inspiration. I spent hours watching old episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on YouTube , listening for the instruments I wanted for this project. The iconic action sequences from the old Batman TV series also influenced the brass and horn colors heard throughout the score.

Capri Sun

In this commercial the school gets invaded by aliens, so Capri Sun and Saatchi NY were looking for an orchestral doomsday sound, yet it still had to be kitsch-y and comedic enough to suit a kid’s brand.

The rough cut initially had stand-ins for the aliens. These outfits were quite hilarious, so I used an electronic musical instrument called a theremin to really play up their comedy. After the animation was completed the aliens actually turned out to be much scarier, so we got rid of the theremin altogether and instead went heavy on a bass trombone for lower, more intense tones.

About

Roman Zeitlin is a music composer for film and television. For over a decade he has composed music for an impressive client roster including Nike, IKEA, Heineken and many more. His film scores feature in the Emmy-nominated ESPN Original Film The Secret Game, and in the documentary Searching for G, an official selection at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

A gifted guitarist, Roman played the 2003 New Orleans Jazz Fest with Akashic Record, a trio he founded in 2001. He also mixed, engineered and played on Zap Mama’s 2003 album Ancestry in Progress, then toured as lead guitarist with chart-topping Billboard Artist Ingrid Michaelson. Roman attended Berklee College of Music for film scoring. He describes his sound as a mix of “Orchestral Minimalism” and “Acoustic Americana.”

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